SoHi baseball finishes 4th at Dale Buddy Invite

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The Soldotna baseball team finished fourth at the Dale Buddy Invite in Wasilla with a 17-4 loss to Colony in five innings.

Soldotna coach Robb Quelland said he team got done what it needed to over the weekend.

“We are a young and inexperienced team,” he said after falling to 1-3 overall. “We schedule these higher division foes to increase experience and get better. We walked away successful in that.”

The Stars were held to four hits by the Knights, with Daltyn Deborski going 2 for 3 and Joey Newby and Levi Mickelson picking up the other hits.

On the mound, Quelland was able to get six pitchers into the game.

“Our defense was sound,” he said. “We have to get better at batting and pitching.”

Palmer 13, Homer 8

The Moose topped the Mariners in five innings at the Dale Buddy Invite on Saturday as Homer finished sixth in the tournament and dropped to 0-5 overall.

Homer led 6-5 going into the fifth and went up 8-5 in the top of the fifth, but Palmer notched eight runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Harrison Metz led the Mariners by going 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs, while Camden Wise was 2 for 3.

Wasilla 14, Soldotna 0

The host Warriors notched a big victory in five innings in the Dale Buddy Invite to drop the Stars to 1-2.

Andrew Pieh, Levi Mickelson and Gavin Jones had the hits for the Stars.

On the mound, Josh Pieh gave up six runs — five earned — and six hits in 1 1-3 innings, Daltyn Deborski gave up six run and six hits in an inning, and Jacob Belger gave up two runs and a hit in 1 2-3 innings.

For Wasilla, Andre Brown was 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBI, while Pedro Camacho was 3 for 4 with four RBIs.

Wasilla 17, Homer 0

The Warriors cruised to victory over the Mariners at the Dale Buddy Invite on Friday. Homer dropped to 0-4.

Kodiak 16, Kenai 1

The visiting Kardinals fell to 0-3 with the loss in five innings to the Bears. Kodiak is now 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the Southcentral Conference.

Jack Malloy and Hunter Williams combined on the no-hitter for Kodiak. Malloy pitched four innings and struck out five while walking one. Williams pitched the last inning and struck out two.

Nick Wehrstein scored the lone run for Kenai, reaching on a walk stealing second, advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and scoring on an error.

Kenai pitchers gave up 11 hits, but also were hurt by six defensive errors.

Kodiak 16, Kenai 9

The visiting Kardinals dropped to 0-4 overall and in the Southcentral Conference with a Saturday nonconference loss in seven innings.

Kenai coach Luke Oliver said his team did not play well Friday and responded Saturday.

“We’ve talked about responding to adversity and we definitely did that today,” Oliver said. “We had a good talk yesterday after the game and we were real clear that doesn’t need to happen again.”

Wes Katzenberger started for the Kards and gave up four earned runs and five hits in four innings. Brady Bostic and Simon Grenier finished. Oliver said his pitchers did a good job and gave Kodiak credit for clutch hits.

On offense, Gabe Smith was 3 for 4. Nick Wehrstein was 1 for 2 with an .800 on-base percentage, while Simon Grenier was 2 for 5.

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